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Over 200,000 new iPads already smuggled into China

Over 200,000 new iPads already smuggled into China

According to Chinese media reports, cited by Tech in Asia, more than 200,000 new iPads have already been smuggled into China. Many of these gray market iPads come from the US where online pre-orders and the abundance of retail stores selling the device has made it much easier to obtain. They are reportedly being imported from the US to Shenzhen, a city just outside of Hong Kong, for a profit of $20 per iPad.

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Consumer Reports says new iPad hits 116 degrees running games

Consumer Reports says new iPad hits 116 degrees running games

Consumer Reports has run some tests on Apple's new iPad using a thermal imaging camera following numerous claims online that the tablet gets uncomfortably hot after heavy usage. The popular review magazine has found that the third-gen iPad does indeed run much hotter than its predecessor, reaching temperatures as high as 116 degrees Fahrenheit while running processor-intensive games.

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SHADOWGUN for iPad Review

SHADOWGUN for iPad Review

While this certainly isn't the first time we've had a look at SHADOWGUN - as it does sit pretty on more than one platform, it's definitely time we got down to business with a full fledged review for the iPad. This game is a third-person shooter game in which you control John Slade, an infamous bounty hunter hired to take out a hoard of devilish mutants and robots under the high-class title of SHADOWGUN. In this version of the game, you're working through a planet full of enemies with any weapon you can find, your best bet being a machine gun or your trusty shotgun for good luck - and with the new iPad with Retina quality display on your side, (reviewed in full here), you've got nothing holding you back.

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Pimp My Ride: iPad Edition

Pimp My Ride: iPad Edition

If you’re buying a car in this day and age, you can easily get GPS and satellite navigation included on board, and if not, there are always third party options. But what about using one of those new fangled iPads to do those jobs plus act as a radio to boot? SoundMan Car Audio, a car installation service in Southern California, set out to mod an iPad into a car.

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Apple: Hot iPad is “well within our thermal specifications”

Apple: Hot iPad is “well within our thermal specifications”

Apple has officially commented on concerns that the new iPad gets overly hot in use, telling buyers of the tablet that it operates "well within" the company's thermal specifications and not to worry. Complaints about the hot-running third-gen slate began shortly after it went on sale last Friday, with some users claiming the lower back corners of the iPad were uncomfortable to the touch. Still, Apple maintains that there's no issue.

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Apple on track for 12m new iPad sales in March alone says analyst

Apple on track for 12m new iPad sales in March alone says analyst

Apple could be on course to sell 12 million new iPads by the end of the quarter, analysts have predicted, with the strong early sales in the opening weekend leading to ambitious estimates for the coming weeks. "Apple has sold ~750,000 new iPads per day since launch on Friday" UBS analyst Maynard Um wrote in an investor note today, AllThingsD reports, going on to suggest that at such a rate 12m sales aren't out of the question. However, Um also warns that there could still be a fly in Apple's ointment.

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iPad Retina Display squashes rivals (but it’s not perfect)

iPad Retina Display squashes rivals (but it’s not perfect)

The new iPad's Retina Display comfortably out-performs the displays on the current crop of tablets and smartphones, according to new research, though there remains room for improvement in battery life, brightness and more. The third-gen iPad's 2048 x 1536 panel bests rivals for sharpness, color saturation and accuracy, picture quality, and gray scale, according to DisplayMate's testing, and in fact outperforms the screens on most HDTVs, notebooks and monitors. However, it's not all good news.

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$3.1bn Tablet gaming segment tipped by 2014 as console gap closes

$3.1bn Tablet gaming segment tipped by 2014 as console gap closes

Tablet gaming will be worth $3.1bn by 2014, researchers estimate, a more than sixfold increase on the market in 2011 and increasing evidence of the challenge slates bring to traditional consoles and handhelds. Large screens and improving graphics quality are cited as key motivators for tablet gaming in Juniper Research's report, with tablet owners also believed to be more likely to spend money on games and in-app purchases.

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New iPad online availability improves

New iPad online availability improves

Shipping delays for online orders of Apple's new iPad have dropped, with estimates falling to 1-2 weeks from the point of order. The new third-gen tablet had until this morning been listed as carrying a 2-3 week delay at the official Apple Store, after strong demand from pre-orders opening on March 16 saw stocks constrained. In the US, however, all WiFi and WiFi + 4G models are now down to 1-2 weeks, though international availability varies.

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A sell-out iPad would’ve been an Apple failure

A sell-out iPad would’ve been an Apple failure

Apple's three million new iPad sales in the opening weekend are impressive but not particularly surprising; what the company has really demonstrated with the third-generation tablet isn't that it can create a coveted product, but that it can now deliver in bulk. Stock shortages have plagued Apple launches since the original iPhone, the company seemingly unable to meet demand for its high-profile phones and tablets. In fact, it's become a measure of success for stores to sell out and lines to snake outside for days and weeks as would-be owners queue desperately for the rationed hardware. Still, while "sell-out success" makes for good press hyperbole, turning customers away empty-handed isn't best for business. With the new iPad, though, Apple showed that the supply chain just got serious.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: March 19, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: March 19, 2012

Happy Monday, everyone. That's right; it's time for another work week. But hang in there, because spring is literally right around the corner. On that subject, here's some news that no doubt put a spring in Apple's step - New iPad break 3 million sales mark. Apple isn't the only one with news, though, Developer OMGPOP is also feeling pretty happy, what with Zynga dying to buy them out and all. For the hardcore gamers, though, Microsoft is where it's at - check out the company's new gaming helmet patent.

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